Captain's Day Friday 15th July at Broadway GC
Broadway Golf Club was the venue for my Captains Day and as there were 152 entries it was decided to split the day into two tournaments with one overall cup winner.
Bacon Rolls and coffee were on hand as the players arrived and registered, also at the registration all the members were directed towards Vicky Watkins and my partner Pat Righton where they happily relieved the guys of cash towards the raffles. (The first for the club’s junior section and the second for Prostate Cancer).
My cousin Jos Buttler England white ball Cricket Captain kindly donated a signed England cricket shirt, four ball vouchers were kindly donated by Chipping Sodbury, Knowle, Rodway Hill, Stinchcombe Hill, Lilley Brook, and Broadway. Broadway GC also gave ball vouchers for the Junior Section raffle to go with the bottle of spirit both AM & PM There were other prizes supplied by me, this raffle continued throughout the day. A grand total of £880 was raised for Prostate Cancer and £520 was raised for the Junior Section. My thanks to all the clubs who were so very generous. Thanks must go to all the GGC members for their generosity.
The 80 competitors started at 9:00AM from both tees in the 4 BBB of 85% handicap allowance. Some quality golf was played with 22 pairs breaking 40 points.
The 5th,4th and 3rd pairs all returned 45 points but Brickhampton pair of Neil Casling and Graham Richings had the best back nine. Second place went to Gavin Offord and David Elliot from Tewkesbury Park on 46points.
The winners of the morning competition were again from Brickhampton Nick Broady & Keith Ashenhurst returned an amazing 48 points.
There were nearest the pins on all par 3’s with winners being 5th Clive Collier Cotswold Hills, 8th Stewart Logan Cotswold Hills and 13th Chris Wagstaff. In the 2’s sweep Frank Beech Forest of Dean, Nick Broady Brickhampton and John Morris Broadway all won a sleeve of balls.
The afternoon tournament started at 1:00PM with 72 players vying to win this section again the quality of the golf was very good with 17 pairs breaking 40 points.
7th place to 2nd place were all tied on 44 points, winning 3rd place were the pair of Peter Ball & David Stowell Chipping Sodbury, 2nd was awarded to Minchinhampton pair of Warren Dyke and Ian Browne, the winners were again from Minchinhampton David Price and Mike Parkin with 45 points.
This meant the overall winners of the Captains Day Cup were Nick Broady and Keith Ashenhurst the trophy will be presented at the Holiday Cup at Chipping Sodbury on 4th August.
One highlight of the day was the halfway house where all the competitors enjoyed cupcakes made by Grace Dewick one of the club’s bar staff washed down with both alcoholic and soft drinks given out by all the girls, a huge thanks to Pat, Vicky, President Sheila and my daughter in law Jenny.
Thanks also must go to Broadway Golf Club for allowing me to hold my Captain’s Day at the club Jamie Blake and the rest of the green staff who presented the course in superb condition.
To Jon, Harry and the staff of Fairways Catering for suppling a delicious cold buffet, to Andy Grace and Claire for keeping us watered from the bar. To Joe Williams, Bill Sollis and Gerry Osbourne who did the starting.
Lastly to Hon Secretary Jim for all the tournament organisation and Bruno Giverson Broadway GC Comp Sec for doing the scoring.
Most of all to all the competitors who made my day so very enjoyable thank you.
Many many thanks for all your input.